I’m not really much for sales–I pay myself a fair wage for my work, and do the best I can with that; there isn’t a lot of wiggle room.
However, my Etsy shop does have a sale once a year for Black Friday/Cyber Monday 🙂
Come on over to amandajocrafts between Friday, November 23 and Monday, November 26 for 15% off your purchase–just use the code FRIDAYMONDAY. It’s a great chance to get the cute stuffed animal for your favorite nephew, the classy (and warm!) scarf for your sister, or the unique thingling for your best friend.
Why not get some Christmas shopping out of the way and support handmade!
How can you resist this face? 🙂
Well, I had to wait to post this one until after my mom’s received it for her birthday, because it was a gift for her.
I’d been “creeping” on Bama+Ry’s Etsy shop for quite some time now, in fact ever since she started cropping up in the Etsy Success forums and not only asking great questions, but also providing wonderful advice. Then I found her blog and started to get to know the person behind the shop. It wasn’t long before I was itching to purchase a creation of hers.
Excellently, what I was thinking for my mom’s birthday aligned perfectly with her shop. When I was younger, my mom used to read me Guess How Much I Love You all the time. It’s a story about Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare, and they are essentially holding a contest about who loves who more. And Little Nutbrown Hare will say “I love you as high as I can reach” and Big Nutbrown Hare would say “I love you as high as I can reach.” At the end, Little Nutbrown Hare says “I love you right up to the moon” and, right after he falls asleep, Big Nutbrown Hare whispers “I love you right up to the moon…and back.”
Even as I got older, my mom and I would say that to each other. So, for her birthday, even though we don’t get to see each other as much anymore (me being all moved out of the house and supposedly grown up and all that!), I wanted to tell her how much I love her. After a complete quick, efficient messages between Bama+Ry and I, my pendant was in the works!
Even though it was a custom order, I received it very quickly, and I’m so happy with the way it turned out. My mom came to visit me for our birthday (yes, we have the same one!) and she was so happy and excited! It couldn’t have turned out better!
Thank you Bama+Ry!
This is not a post about date night, but you’ll have to get around it first.
Last week, my fiance and I had a “date night.” We try to do this at least once a month: pick a fancy restaurant, dress up, and pretend like he wears snazzy ties and I wear stiletto heels all the time. I’d strongly recommend this for any couple–it keeps it fresh and reminds us that being with each other is a privledge, and we’re so grateful to have such loving company. It takes us out of the habit of plotzing down on the couch after a day’s work and watching Frasier reruns (although don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan), of exercising and complaining about eating too many cupcakes (me) or only completing 300 of the 500 self-prescribed sit-ups that day (him).
So, we went to a little Italian restaurant quite close by. It’s one of my new favorite places, because it is Italian. The cook rivals (but does not beat) my grandmother’s cooking; the waiters all look like they could be Godfather extras, there are pictures of 50’s crooners on all the walls, and there is the most fascinating employee who, as our waiter says, is there to “tell good stories.” He has leathered skin, an easy smile, perpetual shades on, and talks to us about his many past girlfriends and his time spent working in a lounge in Vegas. I really don’t want to know what his position was there.
The other fun part of this evening was being given the opportunity to use a new Etsy purchase of mine from ChatterBlossom *wave to ChatterBlossom*. (See, I told you this wasn’t about date night!) I purchased her “Tickle Me Pink” bow early last week (see, I told you I would!) and she was super-duper kind and awesome and generous and added in a set of her bobby pins to say thank you for the feature. Well, I had a difficult time deciding which hair accessory to wear first, but since I had a new nice dress burning a hole in my closet for the last week, I had to go with the item that matched best: the bobby pins. They looked so pretty with my french twist! (Pardon the strands of hair that didn’t make it in the twist; I have a LOT of hair.)
So, thank you again to ChatterBlossom, and if you want to read about how cool she is, head on over to her feature here.